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GAMA, Build A Plane Sponsor Second Aviation Design Challenge

January 9, 2014 - The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane are partnering for the second consecutive year to sponsor an aviation design competition for high school students.

The goal is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in high schools across the United States, with the winning school receiving an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip to Arlington, Washington, to help build a Glasair Sportsman aircraft through the company's Two Weeks to Taxi program.

Competing schools go through a six-week Fly to Learn curricula on the science of flight and airplane design. They then apply what they have learned by modifying the design of a Glasair Sportsman in a specific mission profile. The schools will compete in a virtual fly-off using X-Plane flight sim software, and GAMA judges each entrant based on aerodynamic and performance parameters.

The winning school will be announced at GAMA's spring board of directors Meeting in May, then four students, a teacher, and chaperone travel to Arlington in June to work on the Glasair Sportsman. Last year winners attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh with the planes they helped build.

GAMA member companies will provide financial resources, equipment, and supplies to the build, while Glasair will donate two weeks of staff time to support the plane's assembly. The winning team receives round-trip airfare, hotels, meals, and field trips to nearby aviation sites.

Schools need to register online for the competition before February 14, 2014. Space is limited to the first 100 schools, and only one teacher per high school may enter.

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